Team Dynamics has confirmed that three-time champion Gordon Shedden will return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2021, following a three-year stint away from the series.
Shedden, 42, last raced in the BTCC in 2017, before leaving the series to race in the FIA World Touring Car Cup with Audi Sport in an Audi RS3 LMS TCR car.
Following two challenging seasons, in which Shedden claimed a best championship finish of 13th in 2018, the Scot was left without a drive for 2020 when Audi scaled back its involvement.
Shedden will now return to the BTCC where he has secured three drivers’ titles – in 2012, 2015 and 2016, to spearhead Team Dynamics’ BTCC campaign.
There has been little mention of Honda in recent announcements made by Team Dynamics, which released Dan Cammish from a two-year contract earlier this week.
It is also unclear if Matt Neal, who partnered Shedden in the BTCC for ten years in 2006 and 2007 and from 2010 to 2017, will return to the championship this year.
Shedden had been linked with a return to the BTCC since his WTCR stint ended in 2019, including almost making a racing return last year when Neal was injured in a mountain biking accident before the season start was postponed, and his presence on the grid ensures at least four champions will contest the coming season.
“I can’t wait to get back in the car,” said Shedden, who has claimed every one of his 48 race wins in the BTCC in Team Dynamics-run Honda machinery.
“I have kept in touch with the team throughout and obviously jumped in the car early in 2020, when Matt was injured, and it felt great.
“That was the first time I had driven the new car and it felt right from the off. I’ve been keeping an eye on the Championship, and it looks mega competitive, but my fight and determination is as high as it’s ever been, so I’ll be giving it my all.”
Team Dynamics Director Matt Neal admits that he has set high expectations for Shedden’s return to the championship in the Honda Civic Type-R FK8.
“It’s great to have Flash back in the car, he knows the team and he knows the way we work,” said Neal. “He showed last year that he hadn’t lost his pace, so we are expecting great things of him, no pressure!”